Digital Divide

“To the surprise of many readers, public library e-book “shelves” now sport gaping holes. The Witness by Nora Roberts? Unseen. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark? Missing. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs? DOA.

None of these bestsellers is available through your library’s thoughtfully developed online collections. You may think that your library simply hasn’t bought them yet, or that our shrinking budgets kept us from providing the e-books people are demanding. But the truth is that for the first time, libraries are unable to purchase some materials on behalf of our communities.”

For the rest of the article by Molly Raphael, President of the American Library Association, go to “Publishers Long Overdue in Offering Libraries eBook Titles.”


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